Alcatraz Island
save place
Photos (1)
Plane loader
Animated dots
Original 2d22b6197ce4e708ea3b3dcf5dc11502.jpg?1468849768?ixlib=rails 0.3
Alcatraz Island

In 1859, Alcatraz Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay, began hosting a garrison of troops that would be charged with defending the city in the event of an attack by the Confederacy during the Civil War. While the attack never came, the island remained a military base until 1934, when the island's most famous chapter began: It became home to a maximum-security prison. Among those incarcerated here were Al Capone and Robert "Birdman of Alcatraz" Stroud; no prisoner ever escaped. While the penitentiary closed in 1963, more than 50 years later it remains one of San Francisco's most visited sites.

Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Original aud dev 300x350 example